Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’
It’s June. And Cornus time again. We’ve had Flaming June, with the weather at the beginning of the month deliciously warm, sunny and dry. And Flamin’ June when it all gave way, as so often happens these days, to bouts of heavy rain.
The roses haven’t taken to it too kindly. Following the cooler than average Spring, the recent period of warmth brought rapid growth and an array of lovely fat buds. And then just as they were opening the rain came down. Finding something worthy of a photograph yesterday proved a disappointment as many of the blooms were either shedding petals or balling. Not to worry, maybe when the sun returns there will be more. I shall deadhead. It’s still early in the season after all.
Rose ‘Hot Chocolate’
My latest acquisition. The bunny nibbled leaves are conveniently just out of shot. It’s pretty, but not quite as chocolate in tone as I’d envisaged. More ‘Lady In Red’ than ‘You Sexy Thing’.
Eryngium x zabelii ‘Big Blue’
There are electric blues..
Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’
..and shocking pinks.
Saxifraga ‘Southside Seedling’
And many of a more delicate form and hue. It’s a balancing act. In a large space it is the bold and brassy that draw the eye and create those enviable drifts of colour. But those on a smaller scale pull equally on the heartstrings.
Saxifraga stolonifera spilling out from underneath an Acer
Classic whites.. Magnolia sieboldii
Cornus kousa ‘Wieting’s Select’
Is it a coincidence that so many of the above also bear a touch of red?
Anemone ‘Wild Swan’
Insects are drawn to the simpler blooms too. I love how the fly needed an extra petal for support.
Triteleia laxa ‘Queen Fabiola’
Have a very lovely June.
It will warm up again soon though won’t it? Otherwise we’ll all be in need of some extra bloomers..
Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find a feast of June bloomers from around the world.
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